Just the Ticket

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Garcia is allowed free rein as NY 'scalper' (tout) Gary Starke, a bumptious, philanthropic charmer in slanted pork-pie hat and Ratso Rizzo sneakers (and mannerisms). He might come on like cock of the walk with his gang of associates and hangers-on in Tony's Bar, but he feels impelled to get a social security card - and a life - by reuniting with old flame and aspiring chef Linda (MacDowell, muted). The plot turns on his efforts to raise funds for a restaurant lease, borrowing over his head to buy black market tickets for the Pope's upcoming Yankee Stadium visit. The Diner-esque banter is enjoyable, thanks to a rich list of character actors (notably Bradford as the protagonist's pal, lonely ex-boxing coach Benny, whose tearful flurry of hurt, anger and confusion at a diatribe from Gary provides the film's best scene). Garcia himself, in a screen-hogging role, is a little stretched: his De Niro-style set pieces - selling a TV to an unwilling customer, helping Linda cook for a snobby English tight arse - jar against his subsequent low life lethargy.

By: WH


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Richard Wenk
Richard Wenk
Andy Garcia
Andie MacDowell
Richard Bradford
Elizabeth Ashley
Fred Asparagus
André Blake
Patrick Breen
Irene Worth
Ronald Guttman
Abe Vigoda
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